- Practice Areas: Communications Law, Constitutional Law
- Web Site: http://journalism.nyu.edu/faculty/freeman.html
George Freeman was named vice president and assistant general counsel of The New York Times Company in July 2006. In that capacity, Mr. Freeman is primarily responsible for the Company's litigations. Previously he had served as assistant general counsel since 1992. He also is involved in newsroom counseling, antitrust and distribution problems, employment relations and business counseling involving The Times's news, advertising, circulation and personnel departments. He has worked in these areas for the Company's affiliated newspapers, magazines and broadcast properties as well, since he began working for The Times in 1981.
Mr. Freeman is chair of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Communications Law and immediate past co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section’s First Amendment and Media Litigation Committee. From 1992 until 1996, Mr. Freeman was chairman of the New York State Bar Association Media Law Committee. Previously, he had served as chair of that organization’s Cameras in the Courts subcommittee. He also chairs the Access and Newsgathering Subcommittee of the Newspaper Association of America’s Legal Affairs Committee. Mr. Freeman is a frequent lecturer on First Amendment issues and has been on the Practicing Law Institute’s Communications Law faculty since 1985. He has also been a member of the NAA’s Readership and Circulation Committee. In March 1993, he participated in a conference in Moscow on “Democratic Governance and a Free Press” with Russian government officials.
Before joining The Times, Mr. Freeman was an associate at the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he represented The Times in litigation of several significant cases.
Since 1998, Mr. Freeman has been an adjunct professor in N.Y.U’s Graduate Journalism School and was a lecturer-at-law at the University of Miami Law School in 1975 and 1976. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1975 and magna cum laude from Amherst College in 1971.
From 1973 until 1974, Mr. Freeman served as assistant to the Dean at Vermont Law School. In 1979, he toured China as a member of the New York Bar Association Delegation, exploring legal and trade matters in Peking, Shanghai, Canton, Shenyang and Dairen.
Mr. Freeman, who was born in New York City on January 25, 1950, is an avid tennis player and soccer and Little League coach. He is married to the former Anne Griffith; they live in Westchester with their two children, Jennifer and Griffith.